BOISE, Idaho--The Boise State volleyball team will play a home match for the first time in nearly a month, hosting UNLV and Fresno State this week.
The Broncos didn't play their best against Wyoming last week, losing in three sets, but then battled #19 Colorado State to five sets before falling Saturday. Boise State, now 8-4 this season, last played at home September 5 when they hosted an invitational tournament.
UNLV sports a hitting percentage of 24%, which is third in the league. Boise State holds an advantage there at 28%, but that didn't matter last week in the losses to Wyoming and Colorado State. The facet of the game that is going to bother the Broncos is defense. UNLV leads the league in blocks with 2.91 per set, while Boise State is tied for 10th with 1.89.
Fresno State, meanwhile, is averaging 15.15 digs per set, good for second in the Mountain West Conference, while Boise State is averaging 14.48.
The Lady Broncos host UNLV Thursday night at 7 before meeting Fresno State Saturday afternoon at 2 in Bronco Gym. Boise State is averaging 502 fans per match, which is less than one-fourth of Colorado State's 2,060 per contest.